99 Books 50 Year Anniversary Tribute to George Jackson The Freedom Archives Donate

When George Jackson was murdered by guards at San Quentin Prison in California (1971), found in his cell was his personal library, consisting of 99 books. We obtained the list of titles among which were classics of political science and philosophy. It made us appreciate Jackson’s tenacious struggle to educate himself and his fellow-prisoners and to turn a dog-eat-dog jungle into a training ground for revolution. It made us think of how important reading is, how enduring the influence of certain books are and, above all, how ideas can liberate.

Film Credit – Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore.